Pretrial Release Specialist I

Job Description


The Pretrial Release Specialist I (PRS I) is a training classification to learn all aspects of the PRS II, which includes analyzing pertinent information and data for the criminal justice stakeholders.

Absent unusual circumstances, employees must demonstrate satisfactory performance and pass all 3 tests within 12 months of starting in this position in order to remain employed with the organization. The necessary passing qualifications will be determined by SF Pretrial.

*This job requires the ability to work swing or graveyard


  • Learn to summarize RAP sheets and criminal histories accurately.
  • Gather and organize all documents to be submitted to court efficiently and accurately.
  • Timely processing of rebooked clients, releases and probable cause as needed.
  • Contact clients to advise them of court dates.
  • Understand and complete PSA (Public Safety Assessment) tool
  • Accurately enter and update client information as needed.
  • Learn and utilize all SF Pretrial, jail, and Court management systems.
  • Punctuality and regular and reliable attendance.

Perform other duties as directed, developed or assigned.




Education and/or Experience:Minimum High School Diploma. Three years previous paid work experience. Knowledge of Criminal justice codes for the State of California, such as the Penal Code, Vehicle Code, Health and Safety Code and other applicable California codes are a plus. Functions and procedures of superior courts, of legal and human services agencies, such as Probation, Social Services, Public Defender, Police and Sheriff, including jail operations are also a plus.

Language Skills:Read, write, and verbally communicate effectively and professionally with other business departments, clients, and outside agencies. Ability to diplomatically deal with difficult situations and people, while exhibiting a consistent level of professionalism.

Technical Skills: Strong computers skills required. Proficient in Microsoft Office suite products and Google applications.

Reasoning Ability:Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, report or schedule form.

Other Skills & Abilities:Maintain professional and effective working relationships with public agencies, judicial staff and peer workers. Interact effectively with people of diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Must be able to work in a collaborative environment with minimal supervision. Ability to multi-task. Excellent organizational skills.

Background Checks and/or Licensing Requirements: Criminal Background check by the SF Sheriff’s Department. Reference checks.

Equipment/Machinery:Operate equipment such as, but not limited to, personal computer, calculator, fax machine, copier, phone, security system, door locks.


  • Stand and walk or sit alternatively depending on specific needs of day. Estimate 20% of time is spent on feet and 80% sitting at desk.
  • Occasional need to perform the following physical activities: bending/stooping/squatting, climbing stairs, pushing, pulling, twisting, lifting,and reaching above shoulders.
  • Constant need to perform the following physical activities: writing/typing, grasping/turning, finger dexterity.
  • Lifting/carrying up to 5 lbs. frequently and 25lbs. occasionally.
  • Vision requirements: constant need to complete forms, read reports, view computer screen. Frequent need to see small detail. Frequent need to see things clearly beyond arm’s reach.
  • Hearing requirements: constant need to communicate over telephone and in person.


  • Employees at all levels must be able to work a flexible schedule requiring weekend assignments.
  • Swing/Graveyard shift


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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